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The size of MSL, Yep, it really IS that big!
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post Apr 5 2009, 12:44 AM
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Cute YouTube vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7kBTZAGhbs



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post Apr 5 2009, 02:07 PM
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But also an excellent example of why people should be required to pass a test and obtain their photographer's license before being allowed to own and operate a camera. I think I need a Gravol. biggrin.gif
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post Apr 5 2009, 05:43 PM
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I think the camera operator was training to film Cloverfield. rolleyes.gif

But its great to see all three from different perspectives. Maybe I need to finally upgrade to iMovie 09 so I can use it's image stabilization feature.

(It's amazing how often this forum will spark contemplation an upgrade purchase as the result of just one image, video or program. I'm looking at you, mhoward. )


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post Apr 5 2009, 07:38 PM
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QUOTE (Stu @ Apr 4 2009, 08:44 PM) *


The Briton in you should approve of the choice of Holst for the soundtrack. And I find the appropriateness of Holst's subtitle to be a bit amusing. MSL, bringer of war.
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post Apr 5 2009, 07:52 PM
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MSL, Bringer of War? Well, it does have a friggin' laser beam attached to it, of course.

Lyford: totally not my fault. I can't be held responsible if the team rocks by releasing so much data ;-)
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post Apr 15 2009, 03:31 AM
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From the JPL homepage today. Big rig, big chute:
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post Apr 15 2009, 04:51 AM
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Great the only color they gave it was the color of Mars. How is HIRISE going to be able to see that during EDL? They should have made it neon green with a giant happy face painted on it. THEN it would be easy to spot.


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post Apr 15 2009, 05:16 AM
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...Yeah! blink.gif Great idea, Dan!

Why DON'T they make Mars chutes in contrasting colors? There's some opportunistic science to be had (like rate of dust deposition) aside from the coolness factor. It must have something to do with cost, performance or even mass considerations, I'd guess, though the only thing I can think of is added manufacturing expense.


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post Apr 15 2009, 02:23 PM
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I think the chute is erm mostly white ?
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post Apr 16 2009, 12:13 AM
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Yeah, but there's a lot of light-colored dusty terrain; not much contrast there. Dan is right: neon green or blinding blue or something else that would really contrast with the vast majority of the Martian landscape is the ticket.


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post Apr 16 2009, 05:29 AM
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Careful... these "neon glowing parachutes" are just a hop, skip and a jump away from putting adverts on the parachutes... how much would MacDonalds pay to have its "M" on MSL's parachute, to be imaged on Mars' surface by HiRISE after landing, as the first off-planet advert...

Hmmm... not sure if that would be a good thing or a bad thing...

Discuss! smile.gif


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post Apr 16 2009, 08:13 AM
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White works smile.gif
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post Apr 16 2009, 10:56 AM
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Stu,

2.3G$

...is McDonald's annual profits and MSL's likely cost. laugh.gif

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post Apr 16 2009, 02:53 PM
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Wasn't NASA considering putting advertising somewhere? I recall something being mentioned about that. pancam.gif
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post Apr 16 2009, 10:50 PM
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You may be thinking about Beagle 2. I don't know if it was being seriously considered.

BBC News Online story 27 Nov 1998 "Getting the message across - on Mars": The BBC 9o'clock news last night reported the advertising potential of Beagle 2, with Science Correspondent James Wilkinson suggesting the airbags which cushion the lander as it hits the surface could carry company logos.
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